The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.
Range & Status
Confined in Britain to Cornwall, where it was first recorded in (Heckford, 1986a); this
species has a limited distribution in Europe, including Austria, Denmark and Sweden (where it was first identified as a new species in 1958).
Apparently restricted in Cornwall to one site on The Lizard, where its foodplant Hairy
Greenweed Genista pilosa grows.
Habitat & Ecology
The larvae feed in spinnings on Hairy Greenweed Genista pilosa . The adults fly in June and July.
Collecting would be a threat as this species is extremely local and rare where it occurs.
I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.
The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.